George Nolfi Set to Direct Bruce Lee Biopic Birth of The Dragon


George Nolfi on the set of The Adjustment Bureau (2011) Movie Image

Looks like the Bruce Lee biopic “Birth of the Dragon” is moving forward, with “The Adjustment Bureau” director George Nolfi signing on to direct.

Although “Birth of the Dragon” is a biopic of Lee, the story will be told from the perspective of the very Caucasian sounding Steve Macklin, “a young disciple” of the kung fu master. “Dragon” will be set in 1960s San Francisco’s Chinatown, and will find Lee battling Triad gangsters with the help of Macklin and fellow kung fu master (and awesomely named) Wong Jack Man.

Yeah, I guess it’s safe to say they’re going to take a lot of liberties with Lee’s life on this one. I know that Lee eventually ended up playing the crimefighter Kato in “The Green Hornet” TV show, but I don’t quite remember all the times he went around beating up criminals ala Batman. Or, more appropriately in this case, Iron Fist.

Besides directing the sci-fi drama “The Adjustment Bureau” (which I really liked), Nolfi is also most known for writing “The Bourne Ultimatum” screenplay.

The film is set to go into production next spring, so you’re probably looking at a late 2015 release or thereabouts.

Bruce Lee

Via : Variety

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  • Dedpool

    So it’s like “Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story” from ’93, except instead of fighting inner demons and people out for revenge, he’s fighting the Triads. I get it. They have to try and make it exciting, as Lee’s life wasn’t exactly Ip Man’s life, full of Kung Fu fights to prove his skill and such. LOL Ah Hollywood.

    • TRD

      He actually was sent to USA when he was younger because of problems of him fighting a lot and problems with the triads. I don’t know if he still had problems with the triads after moving to the states though. But you’re right about Wong Jack Man. The match was private, so it is to bad the facts of the outcome of that match is still clouded with bias and we’ll never really know what happened that day.

      If I recalled correctly, Bruce and Wong weren’t friends. So it is weird that they are teaming up to fight triads. I don’t mean to hate but why not just call this a fantasy?

      • Dedpool

        Well it could still have him fight Man, in the end. But yeah I hear you. But then again we don’t know how much of his real life they may incorporate. The fact that Man is kind of a step in the right direction. Hoping we’ll get something like they fought the triads, and then each other.